Ireland's Ancient East Motorcycle Tour

3 days and 4 nights of superb riding routes

Ireland's Ancient East

3 days and 4 nights of superb riding routes

Ireland's ancient east Tour

Our Ancient East motorcycle tour is perfect for riders who want to see Ireland’s heritage and enjoy superb riding routes. You’ll be on your bike every day, exploring the best that Ireland’s east coast has to offer!

This is quickly becoming one of our most popular tours, despite only being introduced last year. The Lemonrock team know this area intimately – as Paul, our co-founder, lives here! We have selected riding routes with an emphasis on scenery and being off the beaten path. Each evening relax in the luxurious 4 star hotel, Trim Castle Hotel.

Guided Option: This tour is offered with 2 guided options – you can enjoy a guide on Day 1 or for the entire 3 days. Our guide, Brian, runs a local professional motorcycle training school and knows every backroad on the Ancient East. 

  • BMW Rental Motorcycles equipped with panniers, removable linings and top box
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel, Trim Castle Hotel or similar
  • Airport transfers from Dublin airport
  • Irish breakfast every morning in Trim Castle Hotel
  • 1 dinner in Trim Castle Hotel’s Bailey Restaurant
  • GPS Satellite Navigation with pre-programmed routes carefully planned by LemonRock 
  • EU Approved Helmet (4 & 5 star Sharp ratings) for rider and pillion
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance once you meet our insurer’s requirements, subject to excess (see T&C’s)
  • Full orientation to make sure you feel comfortable riding the bike prior to your tour
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Breakdown cover & puncture repair kit
  • Begin your tour with the bike fully fuelled, to be returned with a full tank
  • Access to a personal app / virtual roadbook which you can download to your smartphone
  • Souvenir printed roadbook
  • Enjoy a welcome drink on the evening of your arrival
  • Lemonrock merchandise (buff & earplugs)
  • Complimentary luggage storage at our premises
  • Protective clothing such as jacket, pants, gloves and boots (€15 per day)
  • Intercom
  • Transfers to/ from other airports such as Shannon & Cork
  • Reduced collision damage waiver
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Fuel
  • Ferries (other than stated)
  • Tolls
  • Parking
  • Fines
  • Admission fees
  • Gratuities
  • Anything else that is not mentioned in “what’s included”

Tour Facts

Tour Type Self Guided or Guided
Guide available for 1 or 3 days
Self Ride Choose your own dates
Duration 5 days vacation, 3 riding days
Hotel Nights 4 nights bed & breakfast in Trim Castle Hotel or similar
KM's 940km, riding approx 310km per day
Skill Level Intermediate: Routes include switchbacks and narrow roads
Highlights Trim Castle, Kells, Clonmacnoise, Hill of Tara, Sally Gap, Wicklow Gap, Glenmalure

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Explore the itinerary for this tour!


  • Complimentary pick-up from Dublin Airport
  • Check in with Trim Castle Hotel (or similar) for overnight accommodation. (4 Star)
  • Early check in when available for international arrivals
  • Early arrivals can stroll across the street and visit the heritage site of Trim Castle or take a walk on its grounds
  • Check out your bike and riding gear
  • Kick back and enjoy the facilities of Trim Castle Hotel
  • Visit Trim town and soak up the atmosphere

Day 2 – Northeast Carlingford  Ride 5 hours / 300Km

This route is a favourite riding route taking in a combination of excellent riding roads and ancient sites along the way.

For those new to riding this part of the world, we offer an option to take our motorcycle guide and professional trainer, Brian from Trim Motorcycling Training, on this first day. Brian also is available for the entire 3 days tour.

Places of interest include:-

  • Hill of Uisneach
  • Kells
  • Loughcrew
  • Carlingford
  • Slane
  • Hill of Tara

Day 3 – Midlands – 250Km / 4 hrs

Today’s ride takes us westward to the midlands, and through some wonderfully quiet roads.  We love the yesteryear atmosphere of the quiet villages where you are unlikely to meet tourists. Places we visit include:-

  • Kilbeggan Distillery
  • Clonmacnoise – a 6th century early Christian settlement on the banks of the River Shannon
  • Glasson – a great spot for lunch on one of the gastro pubs
  • Fore Abbey

As today’s ride is shorter than the other day’s rides, we have the option to visit Dublin for the evening or relax in Trim.

Day 4 – The Garden of Ireland – 380KM / 6hrs

This ride takes in some of the favoured riding routes from the Dublin motorcycling enthusiasts.  We ride south east into Co. Wicklow, which is known as The Garden of Ireland, due to its wonderful scenery.  It equally excels as a riding destination which these passes and destinations to enjoy:-

  • Sally Gap
  • Wicklow Gap
  • Glenmalure
  • Birr

Depending on time of flight, you may have time for shopping in Dublin or take a direct shuttle service back to Dublin Airport. 

Personalised App

Included in your tour package is a personalised itinerary which you can download to your phone.

We include everything from your flight details and airport transfers to hotel check in references. You’ll also find points of interest and our favourite places to explore along the riding route, as well as some frequently asked questions, contact numbers and manuals.

We will send this to you and your group ahead of time so that you can start reading before your trip! On arrival, we’ll also present you with a souvenir road book.


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  • Single Room
  • High Season Supplement
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  • Double or Twin Room
  • High Season Supplement
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  • Double or Twin Room
  • High Season Supplement
  • *BMW R1200R

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